Lake Erie, NY (unknown location) Tug CORNELL Wreck, Dec 1922



Cleveland, Dec. 26 -- (AP) -- With the finding today of the lifeboat and the corpse of one of the eight members of the crew of the tug Cornell, which disappeared Thursday, the mystery surrounding the exact fate of the Cornell remains unsolved. Search for the vessel and the other members of the crew will be continued, it was announced by the Great Lakes Towing Co., tonight.
The lifeboat containing the body of MICHAEL PAYTOSH, fireman of the Cornell, was found between Long Point and Port Colborne, on the Canadian side of Lake Erie by the searching tug Q. A. Gilmore today. In this mute trace of evidence, there was nothing to determine definitely whether the tug sank after a boiler explosion, burned, ran afoul of heavy ice floes or foundered in a heavy sea.
Scores of motorboats, tugs and a mail airplane, which conducted a search along the American shore of the lake returned late today without having found any trace of the craft. The airplane flew to the east of Erie and was out for practically two hours. It was thought a seaman aboard the Gilmore had solved the mystery as the face of PAYTOSH was badly marked. These scars were at first believed to have been the result of scalding but were later said by an undertaker in Erie to be probable bruises and the aftermath of bitter cold weather. This added to the mystery, as local marine men declare they are at a loss to determine what happened to the tug after it was said the marks on PAYTOSH'S face were not caused by scalding.
A federal investigation into the disappearance of the tug will be started within a few days, Captain Thomas W. Gould, United States hull inspector in the Cleveland district, said tonight.
The Cornell left here Thursday afternoon for Buffalo, where she was to have been turned over to a Syracuse firm which recently purchased the tug from the Great Lakes Towing Co. for use in the Erie canal. She was a wooden craft built in 1888 and rebuilt in 1909, but has not been in commission since 1921.
All of the missing members of the crew lived in Cleveland. They were: Captain EDWARD KEMMET; Captain HARRY BRAULT; Engineer WILLIAM GRIERSON; Engineer WILLIAM NANTELL and Firemen THOMAS HEWITT, CHARLES CRIST, JOHN SIEDERS and PAYTOSH.
The body, covered with ice, was lying face down and frozen to the plants of the lifeboats bottom. Ice coated the rest of the hull. In order to remove the body it was necessary to saw off one of the seats of the yawl.

Sandusky Register Ohio 1922-12-27